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air force to an animal sanctuary in the jungle. it was a long day for the animals, but they can relax in their permanent new home. she got a hug from a monkey. i'm erica pitzi in new york. the news continues with dal walters. how are you doing. thank you, i'm del walters in new york. the news continues with a look at the top stories. a growing humanitarian crisis. calls for actions. hundreds lost at sea as a boat capsizes off the coast of libya. i.s.i.l. makes gains in anbar, tens of thousands flee, putting pressure on baghdad. >> we are struggling for the recognition of armenian genocide for justice. >> the armenian ambassador to the u.s. sharing thoughts on genocide. and tomorrow the 5-year anniversary of the bp, in "the
week ahead", the debate on the environmental impact and the recovery a search for survivors off the coast of italy, with 700 migrants missing are feared dead after a boat capsized. two dozen deaths have been confirmed. there fears that a mass migration in iraq will lead to mass deaths. they fled and are homeless in the middle of a war zone in south africa, the government vowing to protect newly arrived migrants. president zuma saying he'll end attacks claiming the lives of many first the deaths of hundreds
in the see. italian prime minister matteo renzi saying his country can't be alone in dealing with the situation and is calling for an international effort to stop human trafficking from africa. the boat overturned 120 miles south of lampedusa. one of the main routes across mediterranean, paul brennan has the latest. >> the search and rescue effort is supported with aircraft and helicopters. coast guard and navy ships from malta and italy have been joined. planes criss-crossed the sea scouring the waves for signs of life. as the hours past, the likelihood of finding more survivors is remote. the sicilian port of catania is the drop off point for tens of thousands of migrants. the town's mayor was in brussels last week, demanding e.u. assistance last week.
>> i banged my fist on the table and told them it's dishonorable that a continent like europe turns its back. it's a drama of these proportions. it's not a temporary emergency, but a problem to deal with for years. there needs to be a european policy and help for the desperate people asking for asylum. >> reporter: in the vatican the pope asked europe's leaders to recognise the migrants not as numbers, but humanbeings. >> translation: i make a heart-felt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly see to it that such tragedies are not repeated. >> reporter: the italian prime minister was briefed and gave a news conference, his words aimed not just at the italian public, but directed towards fellow e.u. leaders. >> we think the fight against
human trafficking should be a problem for the whole e.u. >> reporter: his appeal produced a response. the e.u.'s foreign policy chief weighed in saying: the influx of migrants and proposals for tackling t migrant issue will be discussed known. on monday at a meting of e.u. foreign ministers in luxembourg, and the need for progress is recognised. with darkness fallen the hopes now of finding more survivors and bringing them to sicily is fading. completely accurate figures that lost their lives may not be known. the estimates of survivors paints a picture of a horrible loss of life. it seems a tipping point has been reached at an international level.
nonetheless, converting genuine sorrow, turning it to progress is far from easy in iraq the u.n. is calling ramadi a ghost town. after advances there, more than 90,000 fleeing the fighting. omar o salah has our story. >> reporter: a sea of people on the run. escaping i.s.i.l., they have been walking and driving for the last two days, taking what they can - man, woman, young and old. this is a terrified population, with no place to stay. some have been stuck near this bridge in southern baghdad. they are angry with politicians and tribal leaders. >> they don't care about us. look what happened to us, our conditions. they sold us, they are traitors.
they are cow wards. >> we slept on the streets, and in the open. in miserable continues. we left everything behind. >> the sheikhs fled. sitting in hotels and homes. >> reporter: people who fled speak of fierce battles. some say bodies are scattered. i.s.i.l. fighters are making gains, closing in on the city center. more than 75% of anbar is under i.s.i.l.'s control. the government sent reinforcements. it will be a long battle. mosques across baghdad opened their doors to sheltered the displaced. this is their new home. everyone here was allowed to enter baghdad only after being sponsored by the highest sunni religious body. >> more than 250 people live in the building. they are scattered in rooms like this. we are not allowed to film them for privacy. they are scattered over the compound.
there are mattresses. they are living in tough conditions. they were allowed in, after being sponsored by the sunni endowment because the government is imposing restrictions on them. >> the number of people coming to the capital made the authorities nervous, the families need a sponsor to get in, some accuse the government of baj indifferent. security officials say i.s.i.l. may have infiltrated the crowds, and they need to crosscheck. those that are stuck feel not welcome. >> they want a sponsor to let us in. aren't we iraqis if you don't want us, hit us, kill us, throw us away. we are iraqis. >> the parliament called on the government to lift restrictions, and removing i.s.i.l. from the province is not going to be easy, and probably will take a long time. these people are likely to remain displaced. not knowing when to return home
in nigeria, boko haram is forcing the people to flee. more than a million. u.n.i.c.e.f. say 800,000 are children. boko haram have been attacking the region since 2009. the violence is frequent more brutal. more than 1,000 deaths children the targets of the attacks, including the kidnapping of 276 chibok schoolgirls, many of the children have been forced into sexual slavery and made to fight for the group migrants have been met with resistance in south africa the largest catholic church holding a service calling for an end to xenophobia. there has been a series of attacks against foreigners. they are blamed for high unemployment people saying they are taking their jobs. people attacked jobs in johannesburg. ministers called for peace and
solidarity. six people have been killed 300 suspects arrested for xenophobic attacks. 20 years although two u.s. army veterans set you have a massive explosion outside a federal building in oklahoma city. >> 168 died that day, hundreds gathered to commemorate the anniversary. they began with 168 seconds of silence. heidi zhou-castro spoke to some people inside the building the day it was attacked but somehow managed to decide. she brings their stories. >> i ask all americans tonight to pray. to pray for the people who have lost their hives. -- lives. to pray for the families and
dead of the wounded. pray for the people of oklahoma city. >> reporter: the sun sets on 20 years of grief and reflection on the wos acts of terrorism in u.s. history. >> richard was a co-worker. >> dennis walks among the 168 chairs marked with the names of those killed in the attack. 16 were his co-worker in the social security office on the first floor of the alfred mora federal building. >> this is about where i was sitting. he was at a computer at a row of offices furthest from the bomb. there was a flash on his screen. >> i saw a yellow flash. everything went dark. the next thing i knew i was on the floor trying to figure out what happened. >> on top of him was a 5 foot by 5 foot ceiling tile.
a co-worker helped to free him. he found himself uninjured. >> i decided to walk through the space and see if i could find anyone. for us it was pitch-black. the dust was terribly thick from the concrete dust and everything else, it was pulverized. >> reporter: he saw a woman, a co-worker behind help and tried to free her body. he found another woman, alive but disoriented on top of a cabinet. >> she did not have shoes on she was blown out of her shoes. so i managed to lead her out that way. by this time almost an hour had passed since the explosion. and he was still inside. during this time you, yourself, had not tried to get out. >> no no. >> reporter: what made you stay? >> well initially i could hear people yelling for help. after a while i didn't.
some of those yelling for help i know survive, and some didn't. >> reporter: eventually he made his way to an exit a rectangle of light in the darkness. here is the door that most of our staff got out from. there was a door there that went up to the street. that's where they got out. despite his protests an emergency worker refused to let him in to continue searching for others. >> there wasn't anyone that took out and ran out the door. everybody was checking around for people around them. so survival instinct is there, but also is that need to help other people. >> two floors above the glass walled in area. >> reporter: the third falled window frame of an office where susan worked across the parking lot from the building exists. the records journal building housing the oklahoma city bombing museum was damaged in
the blast. >> we were yelling to each other, to see if everybody was okay. and so we kind of all got together as a group and tried to go out one of the exits in our suite. there was too much debris. >> reporter: she had severe cuts to her neck and legs. >> i didn't realise that i was severely injured until i started into the stairs to go down and i started to feel weak and there were a couple of young men that worked on the floor below us. the two of them got me carrying me to the street. that's the stare well. where that comes out, that's where we came out. >> reporter: this is where you all finally were able to escape the building. >> yes. >> and do you remember what she looked like at that time? >> yes, yes, i do. >> it's okay. >> i was a mess. >> reporter: it took five surgeries to remove all the glass in hatia's body. the small office of two men and
five women survived all leaving the building together. more than 12,000 people participated in the relief and rescue operations in the immediate days following the bombing. today the memorial date of healing, timestamped with the minute after the bomb went off marks the moment the recovery began. >> the act of terrorism doesn't work. >> two decades later, it's the lives lost, and the selfless acts that are remembered. and we are also marking another tragic anniversary. the bp deep water horizon oil spill occurred five years ago tomorrow. the gulf coast recovery is the subject of "the week ahead". there's studies out showing a new cancer immunotherapy drug
benefits patients sung melanoma lung cancer and another. a wildfire in southern california burning more than 300 acres, officials say the fire another corona, south-east of los angeles, is spreading fatter than usual because of the drought. evacuation orders have been lifted, but it is 15% contained. as of this morning, 8-00 firefighters are bringing it under control next the death of one of america's most wanted iraqis. and the 100th anniversary of the armenian genocide. we'll talk to experts about this time history and why the term genocide is rejected by turkey. officials think they know what is behind a mysterious disease that been killing patients in nigeria, in less than 24 hours.
the former right-hand man of saddam hussein is dead. according to d.n.a. testing. the body will be held over tomorrow. he was killed in an ambush in the mountains. the u.s. government considered him to be among one of the most dangerous and wanting iraqis he was the highest ranking person close to saddam hussein at large in afghanistan fighters armed with guns and explosions attacking a police station in helmand province, a suicide bomber detonating an explosive allowing the gunmen to burst in. two police many and a civilian were wounded, following attacks in jalalabad leaving 35 dead, and 125 wounded. islamic state of iraq and levant has been blamed for the attack. jennifer glasse has more on whether i.s.i.l. is in
afghanistan. >> reporter: these are some of the victims from the bomb g recovering in a hospital. they heard those affiliated with i.s.i.l., called d.a.e.s.h. are to blame. people are angry the government can't provide security much >> translation: such incidents are not acceptable. >> reporter: political fighting delayed planned government reforms. the taliban filled the vacuum in some areas. in ghazni province, the taliban and murdered three men. villagers came to the execution and said the taliban group is needed because taliban courts don't work. other than the i.s.i.l. claim of responsibility for the jalalabad attack there's no evidence that the armed group has a widespread support apart from this attack. there's potential for it to grow. the building blocks of d.a.e.s.h. exists in afghanistan. we have radicalized youth, a
spread of weapon and ammunition in afghanistan. it's easy to recruit people for d.a.e.s.h. even if there is recruiting going on, some say afghanistan doesn't have the sectarian history allowing i.s.i.l. to flourish in iraq and syria. afghan security forces are facing the first fighting season where they are fully in charge. a small nato presence remains, mainly to train afghan troops. the afghans received new helicopters this month, but the small air force covers a fraction of the country, they need to improve intelligence, logistics and medical skills. the u.s. state department says any i.s.i.l. presence is a rebranding of the marginalized taliban, and it is working with the afghan government to counter a threat. president ashraf ghani said he warned for months about a fledgling isil presence, but said afghans will not allow the group to grow here meanwhile, i.s.i.l.
releasing a video showing what appears to be the execution of ethiopian christians. they were held in libya before being killed. ethiopian officials are working to confirm the nationalities. it contains official logos of the screen the 100th anniversary of the armenian genocide by the ottoman empire is commemorated on april 24th. the use of the term genocide is is rejected by turkey and it's allies, including the u.s. courtney kealy has more. >> reporter: as the 100th anniversary of the armenian genocide draws clear, pope francis held a mass. >> translation: in the past century our human family lived tragedies. the first struck the armenian people.
>> reporter: turkey's reaction was swift, saying the statement was unacceptable, far from legal or a historical reality. >> translation: we call for religious leads to stay away call for peace. it is wrong, inconsistent and unfortunate in its timing. >> reporter: the prime minister called the european parliament's recent resolution urging turkey to recognise the mass killings of genocide a sign of racism in europe. turkey maintains the killing of hundreds of thousands of armenians and turks at the beginning of the 20th century was due to a civil war, ottoman forces fighting russian troops during world war i. historians agree that after the ottoman territory lost territory, they were desperate. worried that the christian armenian population would align with russia, ottoman turks set out on a deliberate campaign of annihilation. beginning on april 24th, 1915,
now the official commemoration day, when officials rounded up dignitaries. over two years, 1.5 million armenian men, women and children were killed. some in massacres, some in forced marches through the desert. more than 20 counties acknowledged the genocide. but turkey's allies do not. >> in 2008, before his election. president obama called the genocide a widely documented fact. now he avoids the term. in 2014, for the first time, turkish prime minister recep tayyip erdogan offered condolences to the grandchildren of all armenians that lost their lives. regardless, armenians will commemorate the 100th anniversary of a dark moment history earlier tonight erica pitzi talking with armenian u.n.
representative and with a representative of the near east foundation, and asked if the world is acknowledging the armenian genocide. >> i think the question of the armenian genocide has been with the world over the past 100 years, it's not a question just for the armenians. it's a question about standing up against impunity, and it is a question about preventing future crimes against humanity. the messages that we have been receiving over the past week, the message of the pope, and the resolution of the european parliament are very much about the connection between what happened 100 years ago, and the atrocities we have faced over the past 100 years, and impunity breeds new crimes, it is, i think, the most important message. . >> do you feel the support stayed with the armenian people over the last 100 years, until
this point in time. >> yes, i think we have been consolidated by the support of the international community, and it is a big message an armenians found shelter. in many parts of the world, in the middle east in europe in every condinent. >> let's talk about turkey's response reacting to the comment, recalling the ambassador. >> it is regrettable. i think the resolution of the european parliament is good in that it underlines the way the european continent came out of the world war ii and the creation of the european union was a reaction to the atrocities and calamities of the war and reconciliation is not possible. >> why do you think the turkish
government is adamant not acknowledging that emphasise genocide. >> that's a complex question you'll have to ask them. part of it is it entires on their honour. and they don't want to be recognised as a country that committed atrocities in genocide. >> the president said the stain of genocide is out of the question. >> that's right. other civilized countries like germany and others that had genocide as part of their past have come to terms with that, reconciled and moved forward. it's time that turkey also take those steps. >> what do you want to hear from the turkish government now? >> look, i would say the biggest message from the turkish government could have been the presence of turkey at the genocide memorial in armenian on 24 april.
i agree, the acceptance of the past is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. we reached out for comment from the ambassador from turkey to the u.s., they sent a statement in part saying: you can read the entire statement from the turkish ambassador on the website aljazeera.com the world health organisation blaming pesticide poisoning for several mysterious deaths in south-western nigeria. 18 people died after becoming ill with symptoms including head aches, weight loss and loss of consciousness. officials suspect those that died ipp guested weed -- ingested weed killer prompting fears of an outbreak.
welcome back to al jazeera america, here is a look at the top stories in this hour. the search for more than 600 migrants continuing off the coast of libya. 24 confirmed dead after a boat capsized. italy's prime minister asking for help from other countries for migrants fleeing africa and the middle east 90,000 fleeing ramadi and its suburb since i.s.i.l. made advances. a lot of families left with few belongings travelling on foot. 20,000 settling in the suburbs. tents, food and aid are sent to help evans held around the world to mark the 100 years since the start of the armenian genocide. it's estimated 1.5 million were killed by turkish otto man troops which, to this day, the
turkish government refuses to acknowledge as a genocide it is sunday night time for a look at "the week ahead". tomorrow is the 5-year anniversary of an environmental nightmare. 5 years ago there was an explosion on deep water horizon oil rig. 11 died. 200 million gallons of oil leaked into the gulf of mexico. all of us watched in horror. we are looking back at progress that has been made since that disaster. jonathan martin joining us live from new orleans. five years later are we seeing talk of progress or real progress. >> dependents on who you ask. you can call it the tale of two reports. bp is quick to say the golf region is rebounding. if you talk to groups they'll tell you it's far from the truth, and feel it will be years before anyone nose the real story. >> it was the worst oil spill in
u.s. history. more than 3 million barrels of oil polluting the golf. five years later two reports are released. one from bp, and one from the national wildlife federation. they tell a different story. the nwf points to barrier islands where just last month a b.p. crew was seen bigging uch a 28,000 tarmac. in its report because of what it calls massive response gulf ecosystems are rebounding and oil shower lines have recovered. >> it will be in the system for a long time. >> david, with the national wildlife federation says it's hardly reality. >> if there's oil, there's clean up that needs to happen. >> while birds coated in oil is a rare find the lasting impact is a debate. bp found data it collected does not indicate a long-term impact. the national wildlife federation
found a significant threat with 20 species showing problems five years after the spill. >> the idea you would not have effect is pretty hard to believe. >> reporter: bottle-nosed dolphins were found dead in historic rates along the coast. the nwf says that's evidence the deaths are connected to the spill. bp said there's no evidence of a link. with bp and the wildlife federations reports far apart, we went to kyle gram for answers, a member of the national resources damage safety team. the group tasking with looking at the long-term damage caused by the spill. the rival 5-year reports are driven by rival agendas, since government research has not been released. >> there's two entities with different purposes much one is a responsible party trying to take care of the shareholders. there's the watchdog on the
environment. a federation that is pulling and piecing together the pieces they want to discuss. bp officials declined an interview. in a statement the oil company accused the wildlife federation of ignoring years of progress in efforts to support the agenda. ultimately it will be up to a federal damage assessment team to determine how much the government orders bp to pay for the spill. >> one of interesting things about the reports, they are far apart on the findings. when you look closely, they are based on a lot of the same reach, but some experts point out it boils down to how you look at it. bp looks at it as glass half full and the national wild folks as a glass half empty. >> thank you and more ahead. safe to say livelihoods were devastated. $5 billion paid to settle tens
of thousands of claims stepping from the disaster, not including $40 billion in fines and clean up and 16 billion to settle claims from the clean water act. after the spill, bp downplayed any claims. negligence on the part of bp and contractors. the contractors trans-ocean and hali burton. more than 8,000 types of animals died in a few months following the spill. birds, turtles, mammals and some on the endangered species list. thousands harmed a fraction released back into the wild. let bring in the managing director for princeton energy. and bob deans is the director of strategic resources. he is joining us from washington d.c. let start with you. give us some context from on
echo logical spill point. where does the damage rate in terms of damage to the environmental systems. >> it's one of the worst history, ranking with the santa barbara spill, and the spill from the gulf of mexico. it's one of the most severe spills. ranks up there for ecological damage with the exxon spill of more than 20 years ago. >> tell us five years now, retrospective, what does the industry get wrong, what does it still get wrong? >> the major issue is we placed faith in the blow-out preventer, the fail safe device at the seabed that it would cut the flow of oil and gas coming forward. that failed, at the end of the day, and was a pearl harbor moment for the industry. that's what the industry got wrong most centrally. >> let me ask you this. is that something that the
industry should have gotten wrong from the stand point of environmentalists. is that something that they should have known was not going to go right? >> certainly the blow out was a result of a long chain of mishaps, ns judgments and mistakes on the part of operators and the failure of the blow out preventer. the question is could it happen today. sadly it could. the industry and the government is taking steps to reduce risks of a dangerous industrial operation at sea. we have not made it safe we can't. last year there were more injuries and accidents per well in the gulf of mexico than in 2009 the year before the blow out. meaning that we still put our workers, waters wildlife at risk when we go after oil and gas in the ocean. >> five years later, looking back was this an accident waiting to happen? >> you could call it either way.
way we know five years later from on environmental perspective is it's been disastrous. one of the longest running environmental disasters history, and we are tallying the toll damage from the tiniest ants in the marsh grass to the largest wales at sea, damage that the scientists tell us will last for generations to turtles, fish birds, whales. we can't undo the damage we can't undump the oil or make it right, no matter how many times we are told we can. we have to reduce the risk as much as possible. the amount of ocean exposed to the risk and our reliance on oil, gas and the damage and danger it brings. >> when it comes to situations like this there's three sides to every soil. the side that the environmentalist say, the side that the industry says and the side the people say. what do they say. do they say they have recovered or there's more that needs to be
done? >> i'd say the latter, a lot of people are telling us more needs to be done, people are thankful and grateful that bp stepped up to the plate settling a lot of claims. bp have a quick response by cleaning up 800 miles of shore lines, what a lot are not happy about, they don't feel bp has taken responsibility for the overall damage. that process is assessed. as you heard in the report i did, there's questions over you know what bp should be held responsible for. yes, dolphins are dying, but bp says that doesn't necessarily link to the oil spill. a lot of environmental groups want bp to take responsibility. >> what is your reaction to that. you heard the people saying it is linked to the oil spill, and the industry says it's not. which is it? >> i don't know if you can say that definitively. i think if you look at the footage... >> why is it complex.
>> dolphin die-outs happen. you can go to massachusetts, and get big die-offs every few years. you can't say four years later that it's an impact of that. i think there is some. you'll see the volatile compounds primarily dissipated the heavier stuff. some is left. that will have some effect. it you look at your footages, it's difficult to find footage that is dramatic one thing we can measure is the money. the financial impact on day to day operations could exceed $1 billion, amounting to $600 million a day, just for clean off. billions generated from flishing and tourism are the a risk including louisiana's oyster and shrimp operations. five years later five years
after the deep water horizon disaster, we are talking about drilling and the possibility of more drilling. is that an indication that we have forgotten the horrors of that day or we no longer fear it could happen again? >> i think deep water drilling with high pressure wholes is risky. >> is it more risky today than five years ago or is it as yisking as five years ago. i think industry standards have some up a lot. people in the industry know at that time people were more slack. today we have brought the industry up to best practices. from a behavioural point of view it's better. it's deep water, wells, high pressure not without risk. >> i remember five years ago, after the deep water horizon disaster, and there was talk
about finding alternate forms of energy and all of a sudden a strange thing happened on the way to the gas pump. prices dropped. what does that indicate to you? >> well i think we haven't quite gotten the message, we can't open up the atlantic and arctic waters to deep water drilling and exposing the sea waters to a b.p. style disaster. we can't consign the next generation... >> but it's said that it will not happen again, it's safer today than five years ago. >> well, by some measures it's not as safe. steps have been taken. a lot of money has been spent, a lot of work down, and nobody is pointing fingers at the people that have done the good work. when oil gets in the o, it's a disaster we can't fix. we need to keep it out of the
ocean. over time, not overnight. over time developing the best hybrid trick cars in the world. investing in efficiency getting more mair power from the clean sources. >> is it possible to have both? is it possible to say we need to do more drilling. what happens if the industry says other forms are not bad, and we are challenging the course of things? >> other sources of energy are fin. are they competitive. >> they were saying it five years ago. when do you make the the switch. i'll is a finite resource. when do you flip the switch? >> i think part lay that happened. it's a long process.
oil is the best source of transportation. natural gas is a fantastic fuel. >> i are not to switch gears and go to you because i'm a consumer of all things shrimp and i remember not seeing shrimp from louisiana showing up on gulf shelves. this weekend i still didn't see it. is there a stigma attached to shrimp and other seafood from the gulf? >> i say there is but at the same time the over all large trust issue that you saw three or four years ago is not the same. one of the things that louisiana seafood board has done recently is started a big campaign saying that the gulf seafood is back and bountiful. at the same time when you tack to the crabbers and shrimpers and the oyster men out there, they are saying it's not back it's not bountiful, we are not catching as much as i was
catching before. >> there seems to be a big demand but the supply according to many is down. we talked to an oyster man that has been in business for many many years, and he said this is the worst i have seen it. the question is can you link what is happening, and what they are saying directly to the spill. that's a big question. >> mr deans, i want to give you a final question. five years later, what is your biggest fear? >> well i'd say my biggest fear is that we are not going to do what you talked about earlier, and understand that we need to invest in the clean energy future and not anchor to the fuels of the past. here is the good news. we cut oil consumption in this country 21% as a portion of economic output in the past decade. thing what we can do in the coming decade if we build on
that success. we owe it to the people of the gulf of mexico the people and the wildlife and the 11 men that lost their lives on the deep water horizon. >> and to you, that question >> you can never be complacent. these expensive dangerous activities, you have to pay attention. i don't think the risks will manifest now. a generation out people may have forgotten. >> thank you both for being with us tonight. we are going to have more coverage on the bp oil spill anniversary. jonathan martin is live in new orleans. tell us what you are working on. >> for the five year anniversary, we are looking at the money, bp spent $14 billion in blown up and assessment costs, and some $13 billion in settling claims. now is a big challenge, how much
will the u.s. government order them to pay in civil penalties, for fines associated with cole putting the -- polluting the gulf. bp face 13 more in penalties, in filings, the u.s. said it can only afford - the u.s. subsidiary a $2.3 billion fine. we are talking to experts about how much they can affed and what is tat stake if they -- what is at stake if they are charged this fine, and we are tracking the money and what they face. >> meanwhile, let's look at other events in "the week ahead". tuesday - penalty face for convicted boston marathon bomber dzhokhar tsarnaev facing the death penalty that killed three injuring dozens more. wednesday - hearing for bow bergdahl facing charges of desertion. that's when he was captured by
the taliban friday - workers in south korea working off the job in a large general strike in two decades. they are protesting living and working conditions. when al jazeera america returns, could this be the week the senate takes up the nomination of loreta lynch to become the next attorney-general and the big divide - why not everyone has access to fast internet services. deaf conversation
of state sponsors of terrorism and shook hands with raul castro in panama. another sign of relations new york's governor andrew cuomo will fist joined by lawmakers and businessmen to improve economic ties. he's the first governor to fist vince the thaw in u.s. relations. the senate could vote on whether to decide the fate of the most attorney-general. loretta lynch has been waiting since november when president barack obama nominated here. after months of hold-up, it could be her week. libby casey has more. >> reporter: democrats are blasting republicans for holding up u.s. attorney loretta lynch's confirmation. >> loretta lynch, the first african-american woman nominated to be attorney-general is asked to sit in the back of the bus when it comes to the senate calendar. >> reporter: a still if rites
group led by reverend al sharpton is staging hunger strikes until she's confirmed. jed bush called on the senate for them to get moving. >> what are we doing here? i have to say there are times where the dysfunction in the senate just goes too far. this is an example of it. it's gone too far. enough. enough. >> reporter: the hold up has little to do with loretta lynch, and everything to do with politics. >> i think what you are looking at is a new republican majority flexing their muscles, trying to get things done the way they want to do them. >> reporter: senate republicans will not issue a vote until an immigration traffic bill is passed. >> i've indicated, gosh, for six weeks, that we'll deal with the lynch nomination after we finish
tracking. >> reporter: like lynch, the trafficking deal was supposed to be a slam dunk but contains a poison pill for the democrats. >> it has brode bipartisan support. it has one provision dealing with abortion and that is making it controversial. >> reporter: that broad edges the hydoman mint which bars taxpayer money for abortion. on tv, it was said that republican colleagues will be forced to vote. >> i had a conversation today with a number of republicans and told them to get her done or i'll make sure they have an opportunity to vote against her. reid's threat goes so far. it requires republicans to get on board. democrats are voting a campaign to mutt loretta lynch in the
spotlight. >> the democrats gain political advantage. they can hold this up as republican - example of republican being recalcitrant refusing to do the most basic of business. >> reporter: matthew teaches politics at george washington university and said the saga is likely to end soon as republicans tally the political cost. >> i don't see them getting a lot, other than certain elements in their base among conservatives to which the abortion issue matter. they are saying we are holding tough on the issue. >> he says as the grand old party tries to be a welcoming party ahead of 2016 elections, republicans may not like the optics of holding up the first female african-american attorney-general. now to smartphones. they provide internet access to millions of us. a lot of those people have no
broadband access at home. the problems of households without computers and fast internet connections turns up in places you may not believe. >> reporter: seattle washington home of phil gaits and paul allen and seth a software developer, forced to sell the house he brought in 2014 because he cannot get it online which is essential for his second. he lives in an upscale community outside the city. his plight highlighted in a report by chris moran of the consumerist, a not-for-profit consumer publication. it is hardly unique. one in 10 households in pasadena and cambridge massachusetts, home to harvard and m.i.t. don't have computers. this is the digital divide. >> the internet is basically a great economic equalizer, a super highway that carries anybody to a better life.
knowing how to use it qualifies you to work in a professional setting. for those that cannot get on to the superhighway they are struck in neutral. nine out of 10 high ways have internet access. even when you do have access. no matter where you live in the u.s., your internet is slower than in any other development in the planet. despite paying more for internet access, the united states ranks 30th in national broadband speeds. lagging behind countries like iceland. romania, russia. >> in finland, broadband access is a legal right. >> it's not about how fast a cat video loads on your phone, and how much you pay for the access. what is at issue is americans ability to qualify for jobs like this and our national potential in a global economy where competition is more stiff every day. at this point roughly half of
low income families have no access to the internet and fall officials estimate 30% of k-12 schools have appropriate broadband infrastructure, leaving the country at a terrible disadvantage. >> students come to school and the playing field is not level. not all of the kids have access to the devices. if they don't have a connection they don't have access to the content. to the learning that is available to them when they are not in school. so that is where access to the internet and technology becomes a civil rights issue be careful what you tweet. a prominent security researcher was not allowed on board a united airlines flight after posting this on his twitter handle: he explained how easy the
four years ago, a new country was born. after decades of civil war with the north of sudan, it was meant to be a dream come true. but today, south sudan has disintegrated into chaos. the new president and vice president have gone to war with each other. it's a war with an ethnic dimension, its caused 2 mill